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July 11, 2014
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TOP STORY: WIOA Passes the House
In a rare sign of bipartisanship support for human services and human development, a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act passed by an incredible majority of 415-6 in the House of Representatives, and by an overwhelming margin last month in the Senate, 95-3. The job training bill, renamed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, includes provisions focused on supporting disconnected and opportunity youth, and it also continues support for programs including YouthBuild.

Employment is just one piece of the puzzle for ensuring that families are financially secure, and the National Human Services Assembly and many of its members have focused on ensuring all families have the opportunities for education, job readiness, work supports, and asset building. Learn more about the work being done by NHSA and some of its members

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Redirecting Juvenile Justice Funding to Communities via Youth Advocate Programs 
New Resource links Health and Academic Achievement via the CDC
Download the Children's Buget 2014 via First Focus
Preventing "Summer Melt" via Strategic Data Project
New Data on Adopted Children and Stepchildren via Child Trend's Child Indicator Newsletter 
Policy Solutions for our Nightly 46,000 Homeless Youth via the National Network for Youth
DISABILITY EQUALITY INDEX UNVEILED

The Disability Equality Index measures disability inclusion policies and practices. The DEI is an online tool that gives an objective score to businesses. The tool is sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the US Business Leadership Network
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New DOL Grant Funding Through the Disability Employment Initiative via the Dept. of Labor
Half of People with Disabilities Don't Get Any Physical Activity via The Arc
Bleak Picture for Mentally Ill: 80% are Jobless via USA Today
SSDI: A Bedrock of Security for American Workers via National Disability Institute
OLDER WORKERS ARE FIGHTING BACK
In a recent survey, 94% of older workers said age discrimination was common in their workplace, and while it is illegal to discriminate based on age in the workplace, many older adults report being victims. Among strengthening current policies and laws, AARP offers some steps forward. Learn More

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Social Security: 24% of Those 65 and Older Rely on it for 90% of Income via AARP
Mapping Medicare Access Across the States via National Council on Aging
SUPPORT GRANDPARENTS DAY
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HHS Announces $100 million in Additional Funding to Support Access via HRSA
A Policy Geek's Perspective on Supporting Families and Early Ed via Ascend at the Aspen Institute
The Biggest Influence on Child's Education May Be The Mother's Education via Washington Post